Aubie, Auburn's costumed Tiger mascot, is in his 34th season as a spirit leader and goodwill ambassador for Auburn University. A popular character among Auburn fans and one of the most animated mascots in the country, Aubie is the living spirit of Auburn. His striking good looks, personal appeal, and daring antics combine to make the character women cannot ignore. It is often said Women love him, Children adore him, and men want to be him; he's a six time National Champion, the most of any mascot, and the first to be inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame.
Aubie's existence began as a cartoon character that first appeared on the Auburn/Hardin-Simmons football program cover on October 3, 1959. Birmingham Post-Herald artist Phil Neel created the cartoon Tiger who continued to adorn Auburn program covers for 18 years.
Aubie's look changed through the years. In 1962, he began to stand upright and the next year, 1963, wore clothes for the first time- a blue tie and straw hat. Aubie's appearances on game programs proved to be somewhat of a good luck charm for Coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan's teams. The Tigers were victorious in the first nine games he graced the cover and in his first 6 years, Auburn posted a 23-2-1 home record. Auburn's home record during the 18 years Aubie served as Cover Tiger was 63-16-2. Aubie's last appearance on the game program cover was October 23, 1976, when Auburn downed Florida State, 31-19, but Aubie was called back onto the cover for three special appearances. The 1987 game (November 27, 1987) in Birmingham, celebrating and commemorating the 40th renewal of the modern Auburn-Alabama series, the 1989 game (December 2, 1989) celebrating the Tide's "first time ever" trip to Auburn, and in 1991 when Auburn played its final "home game" in Birmingham's Legion Field (November 30, 1991).
In 1979, Aubie came to life at the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament. James Lloyd, Auburn spirit director for the Student Government Association, with help from the Alumni Association, contacted Brooks-Van Horn Costumes in New York, N.Y. The Company was provided with copies of the 1961 Auburn-Alabama and 1962 Auburn-Georgia Tech game programs to use for reference in creating a costume of the cartoon character. The firm, which also provided costumes for Walt Disney, designed and produced a Tiger costume for $1,350. Individual contributions from various Auburn clubs, alumni and friends helped pay for the first costume.
Aubie proudly marched into the Birmingham-Jefferson County Civic Center on February 28, 1979, and helped lead first-year Auburn coach Sonny Smith's team to an upset of Vanderbilt in his first appearance as a live Tiger mascot. The following day, Aubie returned to the arena and the Tigers surprised Georgia in the longest game in SEC tournament history, four overtimes. Before the weekend was complete, Aubie helped lead the ninth-place team in the regular season to the semifinals of the tournament.
Aubie began his Championship reign in 1991 when Michael Jernigan, Chris Wood and Rob Thompson brought Auburn and Aubie its first title. A few years afterward in 1994, Trey Humphreys, Mike Murphy, and Billy Stephens, received the National Championship on Aubie's behalf. The following year, Billy Stephens, along with Mike Griffin and Josh Agerton claimed the title for the third time. J.G. Carver, Jeff Holoman, and Justin Moore captured Auburn's fourth national championship in 1999. Aubie became a five-time national champion when Taylor Griswold, Jeremy Legg, and Trey Mock brought home the title again. Aubie's sixth national championship was brought home by Evan Thomas, David Smith, and Chris Delvizis. Aubie's most recent championship was won this year on January 13th, 2012. This makes Aubie a 7 time UCA mascot national champion!
Former "Friends of Aubie"
|Year||Head Friend of Aubie||Friend of Aubie|
|1979-80 (I)||Barry Mask||Bob Harris, Viki Leach McGinty|
|1980-81 (II)||Jim Mayo||Danny Richards, J.T. Thomas|
|1981-82 (III)||Danny Richards||Mike Loncono, Greg O'Neil|
|1982-83 (IV)||James Taylor||Mike Irwin, Bart Harmon|
|1983-84 (V)||Mark Loveless||Jimmy Graves, Greg Stone|
|1984-85 (VI)||Ken Cope||David Barrett, Carl Gleghorn|
|1985-86 (VII)||Jack Clark||Warren Weeks, Jef Arnold|
|1986-87 (VIII)||Randy Davis||Rob Jameson, Laurence Cartledge|
|1987-88 (IX)||Rob Jameson||Troy Howard, Andy Sokol|
|1988-89 (X)||Troy Howard||Michael Jernigan, Walter Ownbey|
|1989-90 (XI)||Bob Short||Chris Wood, David Derrer|
|1990-91 (XII)||Chris Wood||Michael Jernigan, Rob Thompson|
|1991-92 (XIII)||David Reynolds||David Harvey, Tim Jordan|
|1992-93 (XIV)||Harry Heigl||Tim Arnold, Eric Langley|
|1993-94 (XV)||Eric Langley||Tim Arnold, Trey Humphreys|
|1994-95 (XVI)||Trey Humphreys||Mike Murphy, Billy Stephens|
|1995-96 (XVII)||Billy Stephens||Mike Griffin, Josh Agerton|
|1996-97 (XVIII)||Josh Agerton||Eric Krausse, Brannon McKim|
|1997-98 (XIX)||Eric Krausse||Brannon McKim, J.G. Carver|
|1998-99 (XX)||J.G. Carver||Jeff Holoman, Justin Moore|
|1999-2000 (XXI)||Jeff Holoman||Joel Darby, JD Simpson|
|2000-01 (XXII)||Joel Darby||Damian Shepard, Drew Rodgers|
|2001-02 (XXIII)||Drew Rogers||Taylor Griswold, Jeremy Legg|
|2002-03 (XXIV)||Taylor Griswold||Jeremy Legg, Trey Mock|
|2003-04 (XXV)||Trey Mock||Matt Grainger, Chris Keenan|
|2004-05 (XXVI)||Chris Keenan||Matt Grainger, Evan Thomas, David Smith|
|2005-06 (XXVII)||Evan Thomas||David Smith, Chris Delvizis|
|2006-07 (XXVIII)||Chris Delvizis||Shelton Tate, Justin Shugart|
|2007-08 (XXIX)||Justin Shugart||Brandon Bodie, Michael Young|
|2008-09 (XXX)||Michael Young||Brandon Bodie, Tyler Weldon|
|2009-10 (XXXI)||Tyler Weldon||Andy Gilliom, Logan Matthews, Matthew Layton|
|2010-11(XXXII)||Logan Matthews||Matthew Layton, Will Noel|
|2011-12(XXXII)||Will Noel||? , ?|
UCA Championship Years:
|Championship Years||"Friends of Aubie"|
|1991||Michael Jernigan, Chris Wood and Rob Thompson|
|1995||Trey Humphreys, Mike Murphy, and Billy Stephens|
|1996||Billy Stephens, Mike Griffin and Josh Agerton|
|1999||J.G. Carver, Jeff Holoman, and Justin Moore|
|2003||Taylor Griswold, Jeremy Legg, and Trey Mock|
|2006||Evan Thomas, David Smith and Chris Delvizis|
|2012||Will Noel, ? , ?|